Panama Canal

The Panama Canal connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through the Isthmus of Panama. The Canal, one of the most difficult and ambitious engineering projects in history, was started in 1880 by the French, but they sold it to the United States due to high cost overruns, engineering difficulties and the fact that over 22,000 workers had died from accidents and disease.  President Theodore Roosevelt, appreciating the importance of the Canal, undertook the challenge and, with the help of new chemicals and medicine to combat mosquitos and malaria, completed the Canal in 1914.  Bob and Muriel crossed the Canal aboard the Kroonland on their way to France in 1925.